DSV A/S
08.02.2018

DSV, 679 - Annual report 2017

Company Announcement No. 679

"2017 was a record year for DSV with performance beyond expectation. After a strong Q4 2017, we are able to report full-year earnings for 2017 at the high end of our latest outlook and a very strong cash flow. With the UTi integration well behind us, we will now focus on developing DSV, and for 2018 we expect up to 11% growth in earnings. M&A remains on our agenda, and we will continue to look for relevant opportunities," says Jens Bjørn Andersen, CEO.

Selected financial highlights for 2017 (1 January - 31 December 2017)

DKK mio.)     Q4 2017     Q4 2016     YTD 2017     YTD 2016
Net revenue          19,019        17,617     74,901          67,747
Gross profit           4,054 3,998 16,605     15,838
Operating profit before special items     1,196 929     4,878     3,475
Operating margin  6.3%     5.3%  6.5%     5.1%
Conversion ratio  29.5% 23.2% 29.4% 21.9%
Adjusted earnings             3,484 2,506
Adjusted free cash flow                4,835     1,838
Diluted adjusted earnings per share of DKK 1              18.40     13.40
Proposed dividend per share (DKK)                 2.00      1.80
           
Operating profit before special items        
     Air & Sea     789 569 3,225 2,143
     Road          231 230       1,201     1,049
     Solutions                 185     142       494     384

Q4 2017 results
For Q4 2017, net revenue increased by 8.0% and amounted to DKK 19,019 million (Q4 2016: DKK 17,617 million). Adjusted for currency translation effects, growth came to 11.6%, driven by increasing freight volumes in all DSV's business areas. In addition, average freight rates and fuel prices were higher than in Q4 2016.

Freight volume growth for the quarter was 10% for air freight, 4% for sea freight and 5% for road transport.

For Q4 2017, gross profit came to DKK 4,054 million (Q4 2016: DKK 3,998 million). Adjusted for currency translation effects, growth came to 4.8%.  

Operating profit before special items was up by 28.7% to DKK 1,196 million for Q4 2017 (Q4 2016: DKK 929 million). Adjusted for currency translation effects, growth came to 33.6%, mainly driven by the Air & Sea and Solutions divisions.  

Dividend
Based on the financial results for the year, the Board of Directors proposes ordinary dividends of DKK 2.00 per share for 2017 (2016: DKK 1.80 per share). 

Outlook for 2018

Investor teleconference
DSV will host an investor teleconference on 8 February 2018 at 11.00 a.m. CET. Reference is made to Investor News, 2017 Annual Report analyst conference call, at investor.dsv.com.

Contacts               

Investor Relations
Flemming Ole Nielsen, tel. +45 43 20 33 92, flemming.o.nielsen@dsv.com
Ronni Funch Olsen, tel. +45 43 20 31 93, ronni.f.olsen@dsv.com

Press
Tina Hindsbo, tel. +45 43 20 36 63, tina.hindsbo@dsv.com

This announcement has been forwarded to Nasdaq Copenhagen and to the press. It is also available at www.dsv.com. The announcement has been prepared in Danish and English. In the event of discrepancies, the English version prevails.

   

Yours sincerely,

DSV A/S